Rio Ferdinand said he would have been ‘at the ref’s house later on’ if he had been penalised for the penalty Arsenal wanted in the first half against Bayern Munich – but Ian Wright felt it should have been given.
Arsenal winger Theo Walcott appeared to be tripped by Bayern midfielder Xabi Alonso after 33 minutes, but only a corner was given.
The incident was right in front of the official behind the goal, but they did not give the Gunners a spot-kick.
In the first half of Arsenal vs Bayern Munich, Xabi Alonso appeared to trip Theo Walcott
A penalty was not given with the score 1-0 to Arsenal – it ended 1-5 to Bayern Munich
The replays divided the pundits down the middle even after numerous replays
Ferdinand backed this call – speaking as a pundit on BT Sport, the ex-England defender said when asked if it was a penalty: ‘No. He got the ball.
‘If I’m Xabi Alonso and he gives that penalty against me I’m at the ref’s house later tonight. No chance is that a penalty.’
Former Arsenal striker Wright, however, thought that his old club should have had a golden chance to further try and come back from the 5-1 deficit they incurred in the first leg.
Ian Wright: ‘The referee thinks that Alonso’s kicked that. That just feels clumsy to me’
Rio Ferdinand: ‘If I’m Xabi Alonso and he gives that penalty against me I’m at the ref’s house’
Owen Hargreaves: ‘He contacts him after. He catches him on the follow through.’
He said: ‘The referee thinks that Alonso’s kicked that. That just feels clumsy to me.’
Fellow pundit Owen Hargreaves also felt that Arsenal had been denied a deserved penalty.
He said: ‘Watch Xabi, he points to the ball, ball moves and he points straight to it.
‘He contacts him after. He catches him on the follow through, he’s nowhere near Theo before.’